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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Governing program-launch set for next week Wednesday

St. Maarten – The government will present its governing program next week Wednesday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a press statement yesterday. Originally it was scheduled for today, but the event was postponed due to the absence

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Large part of the work force not part of a labor union: Elshot and Thompson urge workers to get unionized

St. Maarten – An estimated 35 percent of the work force in St. Maarten is not unionized, Theophilus Thompson, president of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) said yesterday. “I have no specific current data on the level of union

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Minister Duncan: “What I said is the truth” Bar Association did react to draft ordinance

St. Maarten – An apparent misunderstanding has led the dean of the Bar Association, mr. Remco Stomp, to tell this newspaper that it had not received a concept of the draft attorneys ordinance from Justice Minister Roland Duncan. But correspondence

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Added value

In my weekly cartoon in the “Weekender” I show Leopold James and Miguel Arrindell as my men of the year 2012. Let me explain why. Although I do not always agree with their ideas, I admire their idealism and their never ending fight to realize the

Editorial - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Editorial: Unionism

When the going gets tough people usually seek refuge somewhere. In times of war churches are always full, but when peace gets in the way, many of these fugitives quickly find better things to do. Against this background it is amazing to learn that th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Apology

Now that the dean of the Bar Association has clarified that his reply to our request for a reaction to the draft national ordinance for the legal profession (the Advocatenlandsverordening) was based on a misunderstanding it is also clear that Justice

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Governing program(s)

I am very curious to see and read the new governing program or programs of the National Alliance-led coalition government. Our Prime  Minister said on a PJD2 radio program that they change the date of the  launch, because the idea is for each Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Invitations not needed for meet and greet on Thursday

St. Maarten – In a reaction to a news report yesterday that an invitation may be needed to attend a meet and greet with Members of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament on Thursday, , President of Parliament drs. Rodolphe Samuel said that everybody

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Mini conference about macroeconomic models

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The department of Economy, Transportation and Telecommunication opened its first mini Caribbean conference on macroeconomic analysis and modeling at Divi Little Bay Hotel. The conference’s primary goals are to exchange idea

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Pigs attack man in Nazareth

St. Maarten– A man suffered minor injuries after he was attacked by two wild pigs in the Nazareth area yesterday. The victim, M.A., described the pigs to police as very large and extremely aggressive. The animals were walking close to the Amsterdam

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Airport concessions tender opens

St. Maarten - Expressions of Interest documents became public yesterday on the Princess Juliana International Airport website: http://www.pjiae.com/eoi-docs.html, for the upgrade of the airport’s retail and food and beverage concessions. This phase

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Airport works on dividend policy

St. Maarten – A third party is currently drafting a dividend policy for the Princess Juliana International Airport. The draft is expected to be ready within six months. The airport is recognized as one of the leading income earners on the island.

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Membership Bar Association obligatory in the future

St. Maarten – There are 63 lawyers working in St. Maarten and 40 of them (63.5 percent) are members of the local Bar Association. For Curacao the membership-rate is 84.6 percent 165 out of 195 lawyers), and for Aruba 84.4 percent (81 out of 96). On

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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St. Maarten Carnival launches Carnival 2013 calendar

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF has launched the 2013 Carnival calendar of events  that take over the entire month of April. Sponsored again by long time partner Scotiabank and boasting its new branding logo and slog

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Tennessee Warbler spotted at Pic Paradis: Epic completes 12 years of bird-monitoring

St. Maarten – Epic’s conservation staff has just completed its twelfth year of island-wide bird monitoring. For each year since 2001 Epic (Environmental Protection in the Caribbean) has surveyed every wetland on the entire island during the winte

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Marine mammal census underway

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is once again conducting its marine mammal monitoring project which will last from January until May. Together with Dolphin Defenders the foundation will conduct a wide scale census of all marine mammals

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De Weever confirms NHI will start this year

St. Maarten - Public Health, Labour and Social Development Minister Dr. Cornelius de Weever has contradicted statements made by Finance Minister Roland Tuitt , who on Monday said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will not go into effect

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Integrity Bureau and Tourism Authority potential highlights governing program

St. Maarten -Last September Governor Eugene Holiday hinted at some of the government’s plans for this year and made it even clearer that some programs will definitely form part of the governing program. The program is scheduled to be unveiled next

Opinion - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Letter: A bag of rocks for a bag of gold

Those of us that have ever bought timeshare know that just like our government, it’s a Ponzi scheme, and timeshare salesmen are con artists knowingly selling a product that has absolutely no return on investment. Timeshare owners are charged very h

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Arrindell on delay Census 2011

St. Maarten – In a press release MP Gracita Arrindell stated her concern about the overdue delay in the release of Census 2011 statistical information to the community. “This information is also very valuable for planning purposes for both public